Living in a World They Didn’t Make: How America’s Obsession with Violence is Murdering Our Children

When 9/11 occurred, we did nothing and learned nothing. When Columbine hit the news and parents could no longer see schools as a place of safety that was not riddled with bullets and the ensuing mayhem, we didn’t learn. When twenty of our most vulnerable were gunned down in Sandy Hook, we didn’t learn. Vegas,… Read More »

Refusing to Reenter the Closet (How to Support LGBTQ Educators)

No one ever talks about the vile and unrelenting homophobia that goes on in America’s classrooms. Teachers all over America deal with homophobia in very deliberate ways. Because gay and lesbian teachers can’t afford to be perceived as gay/queer, we ignore homophobia or pretend it is no big deal. So many educators who are gay/lesbian/trans… Read More »

Four Steps Middle Class Educators Can Take to Enhance the Learning of Poor Youth

After years of working with young people, children and adults who were or continue to be raised poor there are four essential questions that have always kept me in good stead and prevented me from being perceived as or feeling like the world’s biggest a##^&$%. When creating something remarkable, it would be wise to keep… Read More »

Nine Things Black Folks Need to Stop Doing Part 9 (Physical Well Being)

Diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure,stress (the body’s reaction to carrying more than it should, thanks bell hooks)and cancer are just a few of the things that seem to attack us and take us out in grave numbers. So much of our health and the choices that we make on a daily basis have a profound… Read More »

Nine Things Black Folks Need to Stop Doing Part 7 ( Geography – Africa is a Continent))

Black folks please stop misquoting African and world history in ways that are unfounded and ridiculous. We must let our children know that Africa is a large continent. Not a country but a continent made up of several countries. I have heard some truly stupid responses and views on Africa and the world by folks… Read More »

Nine Things Black Folks Need to Stop Doing Part 6 ( Black Brilliance and Social Capital)

As a powerful culture that is innovative, resourceful and has survived one of the cruelest and most vicious genocidal attacks the planet has ever seen, we must rethink gender roles and redefine what is possible for all members of our culture. We can no longer allow estrangement from our gay brothers and sisters. We can… Read More »

Nine Things Black Folks Need to Stop Doing Part 5 ( Sex and Sexuality))

Speaking of making dumb as hell decisions, nowhere do we make more zany and life altering choices than in the realm of sex and sexuality. With HIV infection rates in the black community hovering around 70% of all new cases within the last two years and young black gay/questioning youth making up 50 % of… Read More »